French Studies

French Tutors

Drop in or make an appointment. We're happy to help with your French studies!

Laura Becker

10 AM-12 PM

10 AM-12 PM
Richarda P15, CSB
Also by appt

Ruth Becker

2:30-4:30 PM
Richarda P36, CSB

3:00-4:30 PM
Quad 255, SJU
Also by appt

Beth Cassidy

2-4 PM

2:30-4:30 PM
Richarda P36, CSB
Also by appt

Nicole Pederson

C Mod Only
2:30-5:00 PM

3-5 PM
Richarda P15, CSB
Also by appt

Yannis Delaruelle        By Appointment      YADELARUELLE

French Culture Series Spring 2014

Join us to learn outside the classroom!

La Causerie Française / French Chat

7:30-8:30 pm· Most Sunday Nights • O'Connell's CSB
Casual conversation, games, activities, and surprise events. 

French Film Series

Quad 346 • 7:30pm
January 29 • L'arnacoeur - STUDENT CHOICE!
February 11 • Cyrano de Bergerac
March 20 • Contes de la nuit
April 29 - Les Intouchables 

Festival Lyrique

April 3, 5-7 pm· BAC: All wecome to read/sing/perform in French

** Watch for French Club Events! Crepe nights, French Park! (May 2), and more...


Celebrating Scholarship & Creativity Day April 24, 2014
The Department of Languages and Cultures invites you to attend our students' senior capstone presentations and research.

11 Top Reasons To Take French

  1. Be understood in 43 countries across five continents and by over 200 million people.
  2. Knowing French makes you more competitive in the national and international job market in disciplines like business, medicine, aviation, law, automotive, distribution and luxury goods.
  3. As the third most common language on the Internet, you can connect with pen pals, visit foreign websites and find exchange student opportunities.
  4. You will develop your critical, creative thinking and problem solving skills. French also provides the base for more than 50% of the modern English vocabulary, which can help you perform better on standardized tests.
  5. Open the doors to art, music, fashion, food, architecture and literature.
  6. Learning French helps you learn other Romance languages like Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Romanian.
  7. Enhance your travel experiences while discovering a new appreciation for other cultures in countries like: France, Canada, Switzerland Monaco and many African nations [as well as in the Caribbean, Pacific Islands and Indian Ocean territories].
  8. Use French to pursue studies [or service work] in francophone countries.
  9. French is a soft, melodious, romantic language with a relatively quick learning curve.
  10. Promote language diversity throughout the world.
  11. French is an official working language of the UN, NATO, UNESCO, the International Olympic Committee, the European Union, the International Red Cross and much more!

(From American Association of Teachers of French:

French Major Alum


Michael J. K. Brookman, French major '12, spent the Fall 2011 semester at the Collège International de Cannes and returned to Cannes following graduation.  He worked as cultural assistant, a job that allowed him to continue to improve his French fluency. Michael writes: "My goal is to find employment as a translator/interpreter, preferably in Europe. I am of Ghanaian origin but I feel like I live in three worlds because of my experience with languages and the doors it has opened for me."  


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Dr. Karen Erickson
Department Chair
Quad 255B, SJU
(320) 363-3074

Mary Niedenfuer
Department Coordinator

  • CSB Richarda P15
    (320) 363-5067
  • SJU Quad 253A
    (320) 363-3093